A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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Essay Topic 1

Describe Martha Ballard's life story beginning with her birth in Massachusetts in 1735. Who was her husband? How many children did she have? What were her primary professions?

Essay Topic 2

Explain why Martha's diary had been overlooked for so many years. What value does it have for historians and students today?

Essay Topic 3

Name and describe the two primary reasons Martha's diary is special. Compare it to similar famous diaries in history.

Essay Topic 4

Explain the role of the midwife in 18th century colonial America. What made Martha so successful in this role?

Essay Topic 5

Discuss the evolution of the relationship of doctors and midwives throughout Martha's lifetime. How did it change Martha's role as a midwife?

Essay Topic 6

What positions other than midwife did Martha hold in the community? What was her reputation? Did people respect her? Revere her? Explain...

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